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US2090439A
US2090439A US67831733A US2090439A US 2090439 A US2090439 A US 2090439A US 67831733 A US67831733 A US 67831733A US 2090439 A US2090439 A US 2090439A
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS
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    • F16M11/06Means for attachment of apparatus; Means allowing adjustment of the apparatus relatively to the stand allowing pivoting
    • F16M11/10Means for attachment of apparatus; Means allowing adjustment of the apparatus relatively to the stand allowing pivoting around a horizontal axis
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS
    • F16M11/00Stands or trestles as supports for apparatus or articles placed thereon Stands for scientific apparatus such as gravitational force meters
    • F16M11/20Undercarriages with or without wheels
    • F16M11/2007Undercarriages with or without wheels comprising means allowing pivoting adjustment
    • F16M11/2014Undercarriages with or without wheels comprising means allowing pivoting adjustment around a vertical axis
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS
    • F16M11/00Stands or trestles as supports for apparatus or articles placed thereon Stands for scientific apparatus such as gravitational force meters
    • F16M11/20Undercarriages with or without wheels
    • F16M11/24Undercarriages with or without wheels changeable in height or length of legs, also for transport only, e.g. by means of tubes screwed into each other
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21SNON-PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES; SYSTEMS THEREOF; VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLE EXTERIORS
    • F21S6/00Lighting devices intended to be free-standing
    • F21S6/002Table lamps, e.g. for ambient lighting
    • F21S6/003Table lamps, e.g. for ambient lighting for task lighting, e.g. for reading or desk work, e.g. angle poise lamps
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21VFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F21V21/00Supporting, suspending, or attaching arrangements for lighting devices; Hand grips
    • F21V21/14Adjustable mountings
    • F21V21/26Pivoted arms
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS
    • F16M2200/00Details of stands or supports
    • F16M2200/04Balancing means
    • F16M2200/044Balancing means for balancing rotational movement of the undercarriage

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Aug. i7, E937. @..QARWARDINE 290%,439

EQUIPOISING MECHANISM Filed June 29, 1935 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 M MW Aug 179 3937 G. cARwARDlNE 2,090,439

EQUIPOISING MECHANISM Filed June 29, 1953 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 ATTORNEY AU@ 37 @937 G. QA'RWARDANE 2,090,439

EQUIPOISING MECHANISM Filed June 29, 1933 4 Sheets-Sheet 3 Aug' 3175 3937 G. CARWARDINE K 2,090,43

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nTToRNEY Patented Aug. 17, 1937 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE Application June 29, 1933, Serial No. 678,317 In Great Britain July 4, 1932 17 Claims.

This invention relates to equipoising mechanism in which the varying forces exerted by an elastic material, such as a helical spring, are applied so as to set up a force of constant magnitude for counteracting or balancing the force due to gravity acting on a mass pivoted at a distance from its centre of gravity. Although a spring whose elastic properties are such that the pull exerted is proportional to its total length l0 is conveniently used, other elastic counter-balancing means may be employed, such as a spring so connected between two members of a mechanism that the pull it exerts is proportional to the distance at any moment of the points on the two members between which it acts.

It is already known that a mass mounted on the end of a pivoted lever and symmetrically placed can be exactly equipoised by a helical extension spring having a suitable rate and ar ranged to act between a point on the centre line of the pivoted lever and a point vertically aboveV its pivot, provided that the pull set up by the spring is always proportional to the distance between the twovpoints at which the spring acts.

The object of the present invention is to provide equipoising mechanisms so arranged that the advantages arising from the relation between a spring or springs, and a pivoted mass may be more fully utilized.

If a spring is applied in the above described manner in order to balance an amorphousvmass mounted on the end of a pivoted lever, it would be necessary to attach the spring to the lever at a point on the line between the pivot of the lever and the centre of gravity of the mass. This would require a determination of the centre of gravity rst which may be rather troublesome, in some cases. Moreover, the case may arise in which a second mass is xed to the endY of a second lever which in turn is pivoted to the rst mass, in which case the resultant centre of gravity of the two masses changes in position depending upon the angular position of the second lever so that the balance would be disturbed.

Consequently a further object` of the present invention is to enable a pivoted mass to be equipoised independently of the actual position of its centre of gravity and in a manner which is unaffected by changes in the position of the centre of gravity, and incidentally to provide means not only for balancing a single mass irrespective of the position of its centre of gravity, but in addition to enable as many masses pivoted one to the other to be balanced as may be de- 5 sued.

Thus, according to the present invention, an equipoising mechanism which includes an elastic member, such as a spring following the law referred to above, or exerting an equivalent effect, as already mentioned, hasv at least one pivoted 5 lever interposed betweeny the mass to be balanced and the base or other support for the whole mechanism, but the pivoted lever, or each pivoted lever if more than one is employed, is associated with a parallelogram linkage or an equivalent 10 mechanism so that while the mass to be balanced lis able to move in an arc-shaped path about the pivot of the lever on which it is mounted, it is prevented from rotating relatively to the base or other support about anaxis parallel 15 to that of the pivot of the lever which carries the mass. There'are several possible methods of ensuring that a mass which is pivoted so as to be iree to move in an arcuate pathsshall be prevented from rotating about an axis parallel to 20 the pivot, and one of these consists in associating with the pivoted lever or each pivoted lever, a parallelogram linkage which consists of a link parallel to the lever and two end members. In the case of a lever connected to the base or other 25 support, one end lever is xed to that support and the other end member is xed Vto the mass to be balanced or its carrier, or to an intermediate or conjunctive member of the mechanism. On the other hand, in the case of the lever carry- 30 ing the mass to be balanced, one end member of the parallelogram is flxed to the mass or its carrier and the other end either to the base or support itself, or to an intermediate member of the mechanism. 'I'he invention, however, is not 35` limited to this parallelogram arrangement, as other examples of suitable devices for the same purpose will be referred to below, and.l in particular a mechanism will be described in which two or more pulleys are mounted in positions so 40 that the two terminal pulleys are embraced by a flexible band or other member which is anchored to them, and if there are any intermediate pulleys lthe band passes over them with the result that any line on the pulleys in the plane at right angles to the pivots carried bythe pulleys maintains the same relative angular positions in all positions of the equipoising mechanism within its range of movement.

It will be realized from the above that there may be a single pivoted lever pivoted to the base or support atone, end -and to the mass to be balanced or its carrier at the other. Yet again there may be two or more pivoted levers in which case at the conjunction of two of them an intermediate carrier or conjunctlve member is provided to which the two levers arepivoted. In such a case, the joints between consecutive pairs of levers may be interconnected to ensure that all joints open simultaneously; otherwise, if one A joint was stiffer than another, the looser joint might open completely when the position of the mass to be balanced is changed without the stiffer joint opening appreciably. Furthermore, the intermediate or conjunctive member maybe divided into two parts slidably or otherwise connected so that the point at which one of a pair of adjacent levers is pivoted may b moved in relation to the point at wlich the other lever l5 is pivoted.

When the mechanism for preventing rotation of the mass relatively to the base consists of two or more pulleys and a flexible member, the device has the property that the flexible memberf does not extend and never becomes slack, so that this mechanism is particularly suitable for supporting an electric lamp which requires considerable adjustment because the pulleys may be formed with grooves which, in addition to the iexible member, can also receive the supply wires for the electric lamp, such as a twin insulated flexible cable which also is not stretched and never becomes slack.

It has already been mentioned that the elastic member employed has the characteristic that `the pull exerted by it is proportional to the distance between the two points on the relatively moving members between which the pull is exerted and this distance will usually be the total length of the spring. The spring when .not stressed is therefore pre-set so that in the case v of a tension spring the convolutions are drawn tightly together. To make this clear, ifl the spring exerts a pull' of `100 lbs. when the points 40 between which it acts are two inches apart it will exert a pull of 200 lbswhen they are four inchesapart, and '300 lbs.' when they are six 'inches apart.' Therefore, vthe tension of the spring may l adjusted to suit diierent masses by arrang- '45 ing to alter the distance between the points between which the'sprin'g acts, always provided the l relative position of these points is mechanically.

equivalent to 'that referred to above, viz., one point of attachment is on the centre'line of one of the links and the other vertically above or" below the centre at which the said link ispivoted` to the'support or the mass respectively. The

adu'stlnent referred to `may be made by providing a' number -of spaced holes in'one of the members to which the spring is attached so that the end of the spring can be hooked on to pins passing through one Aor other of these holes.

'I'he invention may also be applied to balancing of a pivoted mass without regard to thev V6'0 actual position of lits pivot. Thus, a, pivoted mass l such as a heavy7 lid of a gramophone cabinet can be vequipoised by means of an elastic member having the characteristic described above which is connected between a point on the cabinet verg tically above the hinge and a point on a line on Y position. In spite of this, however, it would still f be necessary to -fix the points in some definite relation to the hinge which would require asklll and care which can be rendered unnecessary by employing the present invention. In this way two pairs of equal links arranged parallel to one another are pivoted at one end to a common condunctive or intermediate member. At the other end one pair is pivoted directly at points on the lid and the other pair are connected at the opposite end to a member pivoted on the body of the cabinet. 'I'he rotation of the lid in space is transmitted through the two parallel linkages to the member pivoted' on the cabinet which therefore rocks in step with the lid so that its pivot may be considered equivalent to the lid hinged for the purpose of equipoising so that the desired result may be obtained if the elastic member, preferably in the form of agtension spring, is connected between a point on the centre line of the pivoted member on the cabinet and a xed anchoring point on the cabinet itself which is in line with the centre line when the lid is poised in its highest position. l

In order that the invention may be clearly understood and readily carried into effect, some examples of mechanisms in accordance therewith will now be more fully described with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:-

Figure 1 is an elevation of a desk lamp constructed in accordance with the invention, two positions being shown in full and dotted lines respectively;

Figure 2 is an elevation to an enlarged scale seen from the direction of the arrow a in Figure 1 and showing the part of the mechanism from the top of the base or support to the first joint;

Figure 3 -is an elevation of a lmodiiled form of lamp suitable for use as a spot light;

Figure 4 is an 'enlarged elevation corresponding to Figure .3 with certain parts of the levers and the base' omitted;

Figure 5 is a sider elevationiof yet 'a v furthermodied construction of equipoising mechanism 'in accordance with the invention;

lFlgures and 'l are elevations respectively ofv 'l two formsof pivoted lamps suitable for attach ment to a, ceiling or similar surface.

' .Referring Aflrstofall toFlgures land 2 which' illustrate` an equipoised electric lamp, lthe 'lamp shade is shown at I and the-support at 2, the latter being mounted 'on a base 2b on a vertical. pivot extending into the base so as to enable the whole of the mechanism and the '-lamp'andthe f Isupport 2` to be rotated about va vertical axis.

The mechanism consists of a lever 3 which forv convenience consists of two arms of equal length spaced apart as seen inFigure 2` and pivoted at their lower ends to the support 2 at the pointfl'.

At its uppervendv the 1ever43 isvpivotedjatv the.`

point 5 to an intermediate or conjunctive member 6 which is in the f orm `of a bell'crank lever and which has its lower arm parallelto an arm 2a integral with the support 2'. These two arms remain parallel and do not rotate with respect tothe-support 2 through movements of the lamp shade through its whole range., This is effected by providing a link I6 which with the anns 2a linkage.

Y and 6a andthe lever 3 constitute a paralelogram Another pivoted lever 1 is also pivoted to the-intermediate member 6 at the point 5 and the lever 1 is pivoted at its other end at the point 8 to a member 9 which constitutes the carrier member for the lamp shade The lever 1 also has a parallel link I8 andthe member 9 is in the form of a bell crank lever so that its arms 9a and '9b always remain parallel respectively with the control the lower lever 3 and are attached at their lower ends to a point I8 on the support 2 and vertically above the pivot 4. At their upper ends the springs II are anchored to a cross vmember I2 extending between the arms forming the lever 3 and in fact engaging in a pair of the spaced holes 2| which enable the initial tension of the springs to be adjusted. These springs have the characteristic that much of the strain is pre-set when the coils are closed so that the pull exerted by them is always proportional to their length, that is to say, to the distance between the points I0 and I2.

A similar pair of springs I3 is employed in con- `lli nection with the other lever 1 and they are connected at one end to a cross pin I4 which is inserted in one of the holes 2 Ia in the pair of arms forming the lever 1 so as to adjust the initial tension of the springs I3. At their lower end the springs I3 are secured to the member 6 at a point I5 vertically above the point 5 which forms the pivot between the levers 3 and 1.

It wil be seen that this is an intermediate member which also acts as a carrier member for the lever 3 and its associated springs II, while the member 9 is a carrier member for the lamp and for the lever' 'I and its springs I3. Each lever has associated with it a parallelogram linkage which ensures that as long as'the base 2h is sta- -tionary the arms 2a, 6a and 9a of the base of the intermediate member and the carrier member remain parallel in all positions of the mechanisms. For convenience the support 2 has extensions I6a with a gap I6b between them forming a forked upper end so that the links I6 associated with the lever 3 can pass through the gap I6bwhen the lever 3 swings over sufciently to make this necessary.

'Ihe lamp and its shade I are connected to the carrier 9 in such a way that it can rotate about two axes at right angles to one another relatively to the carrier, this being arranged by clamping the lamp and its shade to a stem I1 which can be turned within a clamp I8 until gripped by tightening up an adjusting screw I9. An adjusting screw is also provided at the point 5 so that the joint between the levers 3 and 1 may be tightened or loosened as required.

In order to indicate that this mechanism enables the lamp to be equipoised in any position, two positions are indicated in full and dotted lines respectively in Figure 1.

Referring now to Figures 3 and 4, the chier` difference between the construction therein illustrated and that shown in Figures 1 and 2, is the means for preventing rotation of the carriers and intermediate members. Instead of the parallelogram linkages, a pulley 23 is xed to the support 2. A disk 23a constitutes the intermediate member or conjunctive member and a disk 23h is fixed to the carrier member for a lamp 36. A flexible Wire or cable 22 is anchored to the disks 23 and 23h at the points 6I and 62 respectively and it passes over these disks and also over the disk 23a. The levers 24 and 25 in this case are of tubular section and partly embrace the disks and are pivoted by brackets 63, 64, 65 and 66 to the axles of the disks, with the result that when the levers are moved angularly they turn about these axles, but as the cable 22 cannot extend the disks 23, 23a and 23h do not rotate about their own axes as long as the base 2by is kept stationary The equipoising springs 26 employed in Figures 3 and 4 are of the same character as the springs 75 II and I3 shown in Figures 1 and 2 and are similarly disposed with regard to the pivots. ,'I'hus, the lower springs 26 are connected at a point 28 to a bar 61 which is carried from the support 2 by a bracket 68 which is not immediately vertically above the point 29, but these springs 26 are arranged to be in line with the bar 61 when the lever 24 is vertical or substantially so. This lever will not be exactly vertical when the springs axes are in alignment with the lever pivot, since the centre of gravity of this lever is not on the centre line between its pivots. Similarly, the springs 26 associated with the lever 25 are at one end connected to the carrier member 3I for the lamp 36, being anchored at the point 32, while at their other ends these springs 26 are connectedA to the lever 25 at the point 34. In this case also the initial tension of the springs may be adjusted by means of holes in suitable members as described with reference to Figures 1 and 2. The

construction is shown applied to a spot light as the lamp 31 is attached to the stem 21 to swivel with the support about a vertical axis and thus balance the base 2b. In Figurev3 also two positions of the mechanism are shown respectively in full and dotted lines.

A further form of construction is shown in Figure 5 in which two parallel links 39 form a lever pivoted to the plate or support 40 which has a stem which can turn in the base 4I. The parallelogram is completed at' theupper end by the intermediate or conjunctive member 42 and in order to apply the springs to the parallelogram there are a number of cruciform members 44, the opposite Vlateral arms of each being pivoted to the respective links 39 and the springs 46, which have the characteristics already referred to, are connected in tandem as shown between the plate 4D, the cruciform tumblers 44 and the intermediate member 42. Extending between the links 39 on either side is a pair of plates 43 which act merely as cover plates to exclude dust to enclose the springs and tumblers. The arrangement is such that when the links 39 are vertical the axes of the springs 46 and of the tumblers 44 are all in line.

'A pair of links 41 also with cover plates 49 is pivoted to the intermedi-ate member 42 and at their upper ends are pivoted to the nal carrier member 48 which bears the mass to be balanced. In this case, the springs 50 are arranged obliquely between points on the centre lines of the two links 41. It will be realized that the links 39 and 41 form two pivoted levers equivalent to those in the two constructions already described above.

Figure 6 illustrates a mechanism in accordance with the invention in which the support is overhead and the mechanism is shown applied to an electric lamp supported, for example, from a ceiling. It is clear that if the device shown in Figure 1 were inverted, owing to the arrangement of the pivot points and anchor points the mechanism would collapse. Figure 6, however, represents a corresponding mechanism in which the points of attachment to the springs has been suitably altered to cause the springs to act in the necessary directions, otherwise the apparatus is exactly similar to that shown in Figure 1 and corresponding reference numerals have been employed. The base 2b is secured to a ceiling and the plate 2 corresponds exactly to the support 2 and arm 2a in Figure 1 and is secured to a sleeve enabling it to be rotated relatively to the base y 36 can be turned with its stem 35 or' about the axis of this stem, while a counterweight' 2b. The lever 3 with its link I6 is pivoted to the plate 2 and at the opposite ends to the intermediate or conjunctive member 6. The pair of springs II are anchored between a point on the 4.centre line of the lever 3 at I2 and at the other end to the plate 2 at a point I0. The spring can be initially adjusted by means of holes 2| in the lever 3 asin Figure 1. The lever 1 also has its links I6 both pivoted to the intermediate member 6 at one end andv to the carrier member 9 for the lamp shade I at the other end. The lamp shade I is carried on a stem I1 allowing of rotation about the carrier member 3 and associated with the lever 1 is a pair of springs I3 anchored at the point I5 to the intermediate member 6 and at I4 to a point on the centre line of the lever 1. Holes 2 la are provided in the lever 1 Jfor the adjustment-of the initial tension of the springs I3.

Figure '7 shows a slight variant of the construc- 20 tion shown in Figure 6 and where possible the parts have been similarly numbered. The difference is in the method of mounting and anchoring the ringsv I I. For this purpose the intermediate mem er 6 is extended to the right to provide a pivot 11. for a link 13 of an auxiliary parallelogram. 'I'he plate 6 is also extended to form an anchor point 19 for the pair of springs Il. The secondary parallelogram is completed by a member 80 shown as a bell crank lever pivoted on the 30 centre line of the lever 3 at the point 8| and having pivoted to it one end of the link 13. The upper end of the springs II are pivoted about a pin 82 and the initial tension of the spring II is adjusted by selecting one of the holes 2l, which in this case are formed in the bell crank member 80. The bell-crank member 80 is forked and its upper arms are open so that in an extremely angular position of the mechanism the bell crank can approach the lever 3 and even slightly em- 40 brace it. In this construction the horizontal arm 45 to one side.-

of the bell crank member 80 is maintained horizontal and parallel to the upper surface of the -member 6 and of the arm 2a so that the spring II becomes extended as the lever 3 is swung The springs associated with the lever 1 are shown at I3 and I3a. The spring I3 is anchored in exactly the same manner as in Figure 6; the spring I3a. is similarly connected between the carrier member 9 and a point on the centre line of the link I6. A spring of suitable rate may be used either in the position I3 or the position I3a or in both positions.

I claimzl 1. An equipoising mechanism comprising a support, a lever pivoted about a horizontal axis to said support, a conjunctive member pivotedv about a second horizontal axis to said lever, a sec-v ond lever pivoted about said second lhorizontal o axis to said conjunctive member and pivotally connected about a third horizontal axis to the mass to be balanced, a spring connected to act between a poi t on said support.v disposed in a vertical plane containing said first-named hori- 65 zontal axis and a point on said first-named lever to exert a turning moment thereon about said rst-named horizontal axis, a second spring connected between a point on said conjunctive member disposed in the vertical plane containing ,said

70 second horizontal axis and above said second horizontal axis and a point on said second lever to exert a turning moment thereon about said second horizontal axis, connecting means between said support and said conjunctive member con- `75 nected respectively to said support and tosaid conjunctive member at points remote from said first-named horizontal axis and from said second 'axis -an'd operative to prevent rotation of said conjunctive member relatively to said support about an axis parallel to said first-named horizontal axis, and connecting means, between said conjunctive member and the mass, connected respectively to said conjunctive member and to the mass at points remote from said second axis and said third axis and operative to prevent rotation of the mass relatively to said support about an axis parallel to said second axis, each of said springs having a characteristic of exerting a force proportional to the distance between the points between which that force is exerted.

2. An equipoising mechanism for supporting a mass in an infinite number of positions relatively to a base comprising a support bearing a pair of pivots and mounted on the base, alever mountedto turn about one of said pivots, a link equal in length and parallel to said lever, a conjunctivel member bearing a pair of pivots vrespectively connected to said lever and said link and lying in a line parallel to the line containing the pivots on said support, a second lever pivoted to said conjunctive member, a second link equal in length and parallel to said second leverand carried by a further pivot on said conjunctive member, a carrier for the mass to be balanced `formed with a pair of pivots connected to said second lever and said second link respectively and lying along aline parallel to the line containing the pivots on said conjunctive member about which said second lever and second link turn, a coiled tension spring anchored between said support and said first-named lever and disposed so as to exert a turning moment upon said lever about the pivotal axis thereof, and a second coiled tension spring anchored between said conjunctive member and said second-named lever so as to exert a turning moment upon said second-named lever about the pivotal axis thereof, each of said springs having the characteristic of exerting a pull substantially proportional to its length.

3. An equipoising mechanism comprising a support, a disk rigidly connected to said sup-- port, a lever pivotally connected to said disk at the centre thereof, a second disk pivotally connected at its centre to said lever and rigidly connected to the mass to be balanced, a flexible member extending between and fixed to said disks and a spring connected to exert a balancing force upon said lever about the pivotal axis thereof.

4. An equipoising mechanism comprising a support, a disk rigidly xed to said support, a lever pivoted to turn about the centre of said disk, a second disk pivotally connected to said lever at its centre, a second lever pivotally connected to the centre of said second disk, a third disk pivotally connected to said second lever at its centre and rigidly connectedto the mass to be balanced, a flexible member extending between and fixed to the first and third disks and passing over and engaging said second pulley, a spring connected to said first-named lever and said third disk to exert a balancing force thereon about the pivotal axis thereof and a second power device connected to said second lever to exert a balancing force thereon about the pivotal axis thereof.

5. An equipoising mechanism comprising a support, a lever pivoted to said support, a link equal in length to said lever and pivoted to said support so as to be disposed parallel to said lever, a plurality of cruciform tumblers each having opposite pairs of arms pivoted respectively to said means between said support and said conjunctive lever and to said` link, a tension spring connected between said support and an arm of said tumbler nearest to said support, a carrier bearing two pivots for the remote ends of said lever and said link respectively, a second tension spring connected between said carrier and an arm of said tumbler nearest to said carrier and a plurality oi intermediate springs each connected between a pair of adjacent tumblers, lo 6. An equipoising mechanism comprising a support, a lever pivoted to said support, a link equal in length to said lever and pivoted to said support so as to lie parallel to said lever, a conjunctive member bearing two pivots located in l5 position to be connected to said lever and said link respectively, a plurality ofcruciform tumblers each having opposite arms pivoted respectively to said lever and said link, a tension spring connected between said support and an arm of said tumbler nearest to said support, a second spring connected between said conjunctive member and an arm of said tumbler nearest to said conjunctive member, a plurality of additional springs each connected between a pair of adjacent tumblers, a second lever pivoted to said conjunctive member, a second link equal in length to said second lever and pivoted to said conjunctive member so as to lie parallel to said second lever, a carrier for the mass to be balanced bearing pivots located in position to be connected to'said second lever and said second link respectively, and a plurality of further springs each connected obliquely between said second lever and said second link.

7. A mechanism for equipoising amovable mass,

comprising in combination, a support, a lever pivoted about a horizontal axis to said support, and pivotally connected about a second horizontal axis to the mass to be balanced, connecting means between said support and the mass connected respectively to said support and to the mass at equal distances from the respective pivots of said lever and operative to maintain parallelism between the mass to be balanced and said support, and a spring disposed to act between two rpoints on the assemblage constituted by said support, said lever, said connecting means, and the mass to be balanced, the said two points moving relatively when the mass to be balanced moves and being so disposed in a vertical plane as to be in alinement with the said rst horizontal axis when said lever is vertically disposed, said spring having the characteristic of exerting a force between said two points substantially proportional to the distance separating said points.

8. An equipoising mechanism comprising in combination a stationary base, a support journalled about a vertical axis in said base, a lever pivoted about a horizontal axis to said support,

a conjunctive member pivoted about a second horizontal axis to said lever, a second lever pivoted about said second horizontal axis to said conjunctive member and pivotally connected about a third horizontal axis to the mass to be balanced,

55 a spring connected to act between a point on said support disposed in a vertical plane containing said first-named horizontal axis and a point on said first-named lever to exert a turning moment thereon about said first-named horizontal axis,

m a second spring connected between a point on said conjunctive member disposed in the vertical plane containing said second horizontal axis and above said second horizontal axis and a point on said second lever to exert a turning moment thereon (5 about said second horizontal axis, connecting member connected respectively to-said support and to said conjunctive member `at points remote from said first-named horizontal axis and from said second axis and operative to prevent rotation of said conjunctive member relatively to said support about an axis parallel to said first-named horizontal axis, and connecting means, between said conjunctive member and the mass, connected respectively to said conjunctive member and to the mass at points remote from said second axis and said third axis and operative to prevent rotation of the mass relatively to said support about an axis parallel to said second axis, each of said springs having a characteristic of exerting a force proportional to the distance between the points between which that force is exerted.

9. In a load balancing device, an assemblage including a support, a load mass, and a parallel motionfdevice connecting the support and load mass, said assemblage having a spring so connected between two spaced points which move from or toward each other as the parallel motion device swings on its pivots, as to vary the force exerted by said spring in proportion to the varying distance between said points at any instant upon movement of 'said mass relative to said support, said points being positioned to have a minimum spacing when the moment arm of the mass is zero, the construction and arrangement being such that the tension of the spring changes in direct proportion to its length at any instant whereby the load is balanced for all positions of the parallel motion device.

10. An equipoising mechanism for a load mass comprising a support, a lever pivoted to said support, a link equal in length to said lever and pivoted tosaid support so as to be disposed parallel to said lever, a plurality of cruciform'tumf blers each having opposite pairs of arms pivoted respectively to said lever and to said link, a tension springconnected between said support and an arm of said tumbler nearest to said support, a carrier bearing two pivots for the remote ends of said lever and said link respectively, a second tension spring connected between said carrier and an arm of said tumbler nearest to said carrier and a plurality of intermediate springs each connected between a pair of adjacent tumblers, the construction and arrangement being such that each of said springs exerts a force at any moment directly proportional to the distance between the points between which that force is exerted.

11. A mechanism for equipoising a movable mass, comprising in combination, a support, a member carried by said support, a plurality of interconnected hinged parallelogram linkages interposed between the movable mass and said member carried by said support, a spring anchored to said member and opertaively connected to one of said parallelogram linkages adjacent said support, and a second spring anchored to the linkage connecting means and operatively connected to another of said parallelogram linkages, the construction and arrangement being such that each spring exerts a force directly proportional to its total length at any instant.

12. An equipoising mechanism for supporting a movable mass comprising in combination a support, a lever pivoted about a horizontal axis to said support, a conjunctive member pivoted about a second horizontal axis to said lever, a second lever pivoted about a horizontal axis to said conjunctive member pivotally connected about a horizontal axis, remote from said axis between said second lever and said conjunctive member, to the mass to be balanced, said conjunctive member and said mass being connected at points spaced from said lever connections, a spring connected between said support and said first mentioned lever operative to exert a balancing force on said first-mentioned lever, and a second spring connected between said conjunctive means and said second lever and operative to exert a balancing force on said second lever, the construction and arrangement being such that the force exerted by the springs varies substantiallyl in direct proportion to the changes in their lengths.

13. A mechanism for equipoising a movable mass, comprising in combination, a support, a lever pivoted about a horizontal axis to said support, and pivotally connected about a second horizontal axis to the mass to be balanced, connecting means between said supportand the mass connected respectively to said support and to the mass at equal distances from the respective pivots of said lever and operative to maintain parallelism between the axesv of the mass to be balanced and said support, `and a spring disposed to act between two points on the assemblage constituted by said support, said lever, said connecting means, and the mass to be balanced, the said two points moving relatively when the mass to be balanced moves and being, so disposed in a vertical plane as Ato be in alinement with the pivots of the lever when the two pivots of the said lever are vertically disposed, the construction and arrangement being such that the tension of the spring varies in direct proportion to the distance between said two points thereby balancing the load for all positions of the mass.

14. In mechanism for equipoising a movable mass, a support, a pair of levers each' pivoted at one of its ends to said support, a conjunctive member having three triangularly arranged pivots, said levers being connected to two of said pivots, springameans normally holding said levers in definite angular relation to the axis of said support andarranged to permit swinging of said levers out of normal position, a second pair of levers, one end of one of said levers being pivoted to said conjunctive member at the point of pivoting of one of the first levers and the corresponding end of the other lever of the second pair being pivoted to the third pivot of said conjunctive member, a "carrier for the movable mass having twopivot points, said second pair of levers having their remaining ends pivoted tb the pivot points of'the said carrier and spring means anchored to the conjunctive member and one of the levers of the second pair, the construction and arrangement being such that each of the springs exerts a force substantially directly proportional to its length at any moment.

15. A mechanism for equipoising an electric lamp comprising in combination a support, a disk flxedly connected to said support, a lever pivotally connected to said disk at the centre thereof. a second disk pivotally connected at its centre to said lever, means for connecting an electric lamp to said disk, a flexible member extendingl between 'said disks and fixed to said rst disk and having supply conductors for they electric lamp incorporated therein, and a spring connected between said support and said lever for exerting a turning moment upon said lever about the pivotal axis thereof, said mechanism being so constructed and arranged that the force exerted by the spring varies substantially in proportion to its length.

16. A mechanism for equipoising a movable mass having a longitudinal axis and comprisingin combination, a support having a longitudinal axis, a lever pivoted thereto to swin about a horizontal axis passing through said support, said mass being pivoted to the lever to swing about a horizontal axis spaced from the rst pivotal axis, means connecting the mass and support and maintaining the longitudinal axis of the mass in constant angular relation to the ion` gitudinal axis of the support in all positions ci' the mass, and a spring connected between said support and lever, the points oi connection `mov- `ing toward and from each other as the mass is moved about the ilrst pivotal axis, the construction and arrangement being such that the spring exerts a force substantially directly proportional to the distance between said points oi connection.

17. In means for equipoising a vertically movable mass', a pair of four sided parallel motion frames having their sides in a vertical plane and having one side in common whereby said frames are connected end to end, the side of one frame opposite the side in common constituting a support, the side of the other frame opposite the side in common carrying the mass to be equipolsed, the frames being so interconnected as to be movable in unison while maintaining the same angular relation and further movable to vary the angular relation between said frames, and a spring for each frame and having connection at its ends to two points on respective members o i. the respective frame, said points varying in distance as the frames swing, the construction and arrangement being such that each of said springs exerts a force between said two points substantially proportional to the distance separating said points.

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